Tuesday, February 21, 2012
REVIEW: Frankie Rose - Interstellar
I trust my own instincts on music, and I would have paid attention to a new album from Frankie Rose even had there been no buzz about it. But I couldn't avoid noticing that many and varied good music heads were tipping Interstellar as one of the releases of the young year. And after thoroughly exploring the album, I'd have to align myself with the mainstream thought this time. Interstellar is a gorgeous album -- vocally, lyrically and musically. It is a new wave-influenced indie pop album that ably manages to be diverse and exciting, while pleasing your ear.
"Know Me", the first single from the album, showcases a big new wave sound --
Frankie Rose - Know Me by Slumberland Records
Brooklyn-based Rose's musical journey to this point is worth noting. She was the drummer for noise pop/shoegazers Vivian Girls, and then spent time with Crystal Stilts and Dum Dum Girls. After a solo single, she formed Frankie Rose and the Outs, which featured Spectoresque wall of sound and girl group vocals (and attracted John's attention for this WYMA post. However, Rose's restless muse has led her in a new direction for this release.
The change in sound from Frankie's other projects is marked. The fuzz and reverb of the past is pushed aside for a sound that is big, and remarkably crisp and clean. There is more space to emphasize the highs and lows. I think the result is a sound that seems more accessible and sensual.
Interstellar is out today on Slumberland Records (an outfit that never seems to put a wrong foot forward). I've learned not to predict in February where an album will rank at the end of the year. But I'd be surprised if I heard many pure pop albums to challenge this one in my mind.
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